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Low Gas Prices, early Chrismtas Gift for drivers

The price of gas has been falling steadily over the last couple of months. According to gasbuddy.com, the BP station and the GoLO station at Roosevelt and Independence are battling with gas prices set at $2.47 per gallon for 87 octane. The Shell on North Avenue and Harlem has gas for $2.55 per gallon. Many just figured we would never see gas prices this low again. The drop in oil prices has been triggered b ...

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Jackson Outraged by High Tech Firms

Jesse Jackson says it is “outrageous” that high tech firms based in Silicon Valley hire so few women and people of color. “Rainbow PUSH successfully challenged companies to release their workforce diversity data.  We researched the racial and gender composition in their boardrooms, C-suites and workforce.  The data is undeniable, and underscores the systemic under-representation of Blacks, Latinos, and wome ...

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  On December 12, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) ratified a resolution titled “Supporting the Diversification of Tech Industry’s Empowerment” which calls on tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to diversify their workforces through more robust outreach to minority communities. The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (SC), John King (SC), Carl ...

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Clergy Urge Limits on Payday Lending

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist More than 80 members of the clergy from 22 states, representing multiple denominations, converged on Capitol Hill from November 17-19 in a unified advocacy effort. Following two days of training that included discussions about the negative impact of payday lending their communities, updates and key data points, clergy on the third day urged lawmakers to enact legislation t ...

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Marijuna Dispenseries to Open on City’s South West Side

Alderman Ed Burke has been the City Council’s toughest regulator of medical marijuana however his southwest ward could see two of the city’s 13 dispensaries in his. The very powerful alderman of the 14th Ward has been a vocal supporter of very strict restrictions on the clinic but has backed two applications from new companies looking to open dispensaries on busy Archer Avenue. Maribis of Chicago and Altern ...

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Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

               Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF addresses the audience at the recent 26th Annual TMCF Awards In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, pres ...

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Special to the NNPA from  Los Angeles Wave                 Pluria Marshall, Jr. Federal regulators have approved the sale of a FOX TV affiliate in Quad Cities, Iowa to longtime media executive Pluria Marshall, Jr., president and CEO of Houston-based Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), officials have announced. Marshall, also publisher of Wave Publications Group in Los ...

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Employment Outlook for Black Males Improving

By: Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent Last month’s Black unemployment rate (10.9 percent) was more than twice the White unemployment rate (4.8 percent), but when it comes to key measures in the labor market, Blacks and Latinos have experienced greater gains than Whites over the past year, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Valerie Wilson, the director of th ...

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FCC Approves Sale of KLJB-TV to Marshall Broadcasting

Special to the NNPA from Los Angeles                 Pluris Marshall, JR.   Federal regulators have approved the sale of a FOX TV affiliate in Quad Cities, Iowa to longtime media executive Pluria Marshall, Jr., president and CEO of Houston-based Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), officials have announced. Marshall, also publisher of Wave Publications Group in Los ...

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Blacks “Unbank” at Higher Rates than Whites

By:Freddie Allen NNPA SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT   When it comes to cashing checks and other financial transactions, Blacks are “unbanked” at much higher rates than Whites, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The FDIC, an independent government agency that guarantees deposits up to $250,000 at insured banks, conducted the study in June 2013 aided by the U ...

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